David Thomas Todd Dunn

April 26, 1930 ~ January 22, 2022 (age 91) 91 Years Old


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing at the age of 91 of David Dunn on Saturday, January 22, 2022. 

David was born to Thomas (Tim) and Margaret (Peggy) Dunn in Russell, Manitoba on April 26th, 1930.  He was the youngest boy of three with two older sisters, Marjorie (Marj) and Nora, raised on the farm near Minniska during the ‘dirty thirties’.  David attended elementary school in Minniska and high school in Russell, often telling stories about the trips to school by horse and buggy or cutter with his sisters.  He attended the University of Manitoba after high school and completed his formal education by getting his Diploma in Agriculture in 1951 (or 52?).

After graduating University, David returned to the farm and worked with his dad on the farm.  Ever one for innovating and making the job easier, David converted from horses to tractors early on in his farming career and by the end of his farming career, had tripled the size of the herd. 

When not farming, he enjoyed spending time at Silver Beach and in the early 70’s learned to sail and built his own sailboat.  While the boys spent time taking swimming lessons, David would return from haying to enjoy the evenings around the campfire cooking summer sausage and brewing coffee.

It was important to David to contribute to the community - he was active with the Masons and Eastern Star and a member of the Russell Chamber of Commerce.

David and Donnie retired to Russell in 1997 after 47 years of farming, where they continued to be active in the community and United Church, sitting on several boards. Even after retiring, he continued to help out on the farm and especially enjoyed fixing things when needed.  In retirement they enjoyed curling, golf, playing bridge and spent many winters on Vancouver Island. 

He will be lovingly remembered by his sons and their wives: Ross & Shirley, Jim & Missy, Chris & Deb, his grandchildren and their partners: Jennifer and Chris, Lindsay and Kaevon, Stacey and Moritz, Steven, Krista and Stu, Jason and Sarah and seven great-grandchildren.

David is survived by his wife Donalda (Donnie) Marie Dunn (nee Finlay) and will be lovingly remembered by his in-laws Bill and Susan Finlay, Cam Finlay and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff of the Russell Personal Care Home and the many Russell Homecare workers that provided loving care over the past few years to help ease his transition from independence.

If friends so desire in lieu of flowers, donations in memory of David can be made to the

Expanding Community Cancer Care or
Banner County Health Foundation
Box 1343
Russell, Manitoba, R0J 1W0


Funeral Service
January 31, 2022

11:00 AM
Knox United Church
200 Memorial Avenue North
Russell, MB R0J 1W0

Interment at a later date

Minniska Cemetery
Russell, MB R0J 1W0


Expanding Community Cancer Care
Russell Heath Centre, Bag Service 2, Russell MB R0J 1W0

Please make cheques payable to "Expanding Community Cancer Care"

Banner County Health Foundation
c/o Living Legacy Foundation, Box 1343, Russell MB R0J 1W0


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